Georgia 4-H celebrated excellence this summer when top students from across the state gathered for the 79th Annual State 4-H Convention in Atlanta.
The State Congress, which took place July 19-22, included the state-level Project Achievement and Leadership in Action competitions, as well as recognition of youth development professionals, supporters and government officials for their contributions to the success of 4-H in Georgia. .
Students who place first in Georgia 4-H state-level competitions earn the title “Master 4-H’er.” At the State Convention, 204 delegates competed in 50 areas of project achievement and seven delegates participated in the Leadership in Action competition.
One person from each project area and two Leadership in Action competitors were awarded 4-H Master status. The 2021-22 Program Year Special Event 4-H Masters were also recognized at the State Congress.
The Leadership in Action competition asks 4-H to identify a community need and work to meet it by planning and implementing original projects and initiatives. Competitors then prepare an application package and participate in interviews at the district level.
Seven finalists were chosen to be recognized and compete for state congress. The 2022 Leadership in Action winners are Chanthony Andrews Jr. from Glynn County and Evelyn Day from Houston County.
Andrews runs a ‘Socktober’ campaign each year to collect socks and other essentials for hundreds of homeless people in Glynn County. Day has partnered with FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security to educate pet owners nationwide on best practices for their pets during national disasters.
Georgia 4-H aims to empower young people to become leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships, and community awareness.
As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 225,000 people annually through UGA extension offices and 4-H facilities.